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17 October 2005

Monday Lyrics Blogging

Some will probably find a hint of blasphemy here. Greg Graffin, the frontman of Bad Religion, is to the best of my knowledge an admitted athiest who isn't all that fond of Christianity. But this is also one of my favourite Bad Religion songs. I think it says far more about the Americanisation of Jesus, and about the general way we tend to mold him in our own image, than it does about Jesus himself. You can legally download the song for free at the end.

American Jesus - Bad Religion

I don't need to be a global citizen
Cause I'm blessed by nationality
I'm a member of a growing populace
We enforce our popularity
There are things that seem to pull us under
And there are things that drag us down
But there's a power and a vital presence
That's lurking all around

We've got the American Jesus
See him on the Interstate
We've got the American Jesus
He helped build the President's estate

I feel sorry for the Earth's population
Cause so few live in the U.S.A
At least the foreigners can copy our morality
They can visit but they cannot stay
Only precious few can garner the prosperity
It makes us walk with renewed confidence
We've got a place to go when we die
And the architect resides right here

We've got the American Jesus
Bolstering national faith
We've got the American Jesus
Overwhelming millions everyday

He's the farmer's barren fields (In God)
The force the army wields (We trust)
The expressions in the faces (Because He's one)
Of the starving millions (Of us)
The power of the man (Break down)
The fuel that drives the Klan (Cave in)
The motive and the conscience
of the murderer (We can redeem your sins)
He's the preacher on TV (Strong heart)
The false sincerity (Clear mind)
The form letter that's written by
the big computers (And infinitely kind)
He's the nuclear bombs (You lose)
The kids with no moms (We win)
And I'm fearful that He's inside me (He's our champion)

We've got the American Jesus
See him on the Interstate
We've got the American Jesus
Exercising his authority
We've got the American Jesus
Bolstering national faith
We've got the American Jesus
Overwhelming millions everyday

Free legal download: American Jesus

Comments on "Monday Lyrics Blogging"

 

Blogger Marty said ... (10/18/2005 08:00:00 PM) : 

Good song...so true

 

Blogger jpe said ... (10/18/2005 08:14:00 PM) : 

Kickass song.

That is all.

 

Blogger Dan Trabue said ... (10/19/2005 09:27:00 AM) : 

"In god we trust
because he's one of us"

Tremendous.

 

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